Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the most delicious eye candy the interior design world has to offer, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative design professionals in the Twin Cities. Those design professionals being Kathy, Greg, Julia and Meropi. All of them are more than happy to answer your design questions, but we thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on them and ask them a few questions!
Today, get to know Julia, who handles sales and administration at Hirshfield’s Design Studio. Julia has been with the Hirshfield’s Design Studio team for about 15 years, and, as you’ll learn, she’s all about mixing it up when it comes to design!
How did you get into design? Is this an industry you’ve always known you wanted to work in?
I have always been interested in interior design and creating ambiance. I started going to auctions, junk shops, and antique stores at a young age with my mom and I think that’s what got me started. I was always interested in surrounding myself with interesting things. I love art and good design.
How would you describe your personal design style?
Very eclectic. I like to mix it up and change things often. Moving the things that you surround yourself with makes you see things differently and it keeps things from becoming static or boring. It is very liberating. I like to de-clutter and pack things away for awhile and get them out again later. I think people don’t realize that you don’t have to have everything you own out all at once. Rediscovery is fun. I love hand crafted, found objects, and vintage stuff.
Do you have a favorite design book or magazine that you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere. I read Dwell magazine and Canadian House & Home. I even get inspiration from the FLOR catalog, they have really great set stylists and sometimes it’s better than actual magazines! I miss the Domino mag.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given when it comes to interior design?
Decorate with confidence, don’t worry about “the rules” and don’t be afraid of change.
What do you like most about working with the Hirshfield’s Design Studio team?
The constant flow of ideas and trends from every direction.